Jeff Kallman's excellent The Easy Ace: A Journal of Classic Radio
is a wonderful place to spend hours on end, rediscovering the Golden Age of Radio
as it's meant to be discovered and celebrated. Article after article
is filled with a wonderful new vignette about Golden Age Radio History.
---The Digital Deli Online.

[I]n his matchless on-this-day approach to chronicling “yesteryear,”
he easily aces out a less organized mind like mine,
which promptly lapsed into a more idiosyncratic mode of relating the past.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Longtime Sound Artist Beck Dies

Barney Beck, a longtime radio sound effects artist, died 30 January 2007 at age 85. His credits include Bobby Benson's Adventures, a popular children's western that had two lives (as The H-Bar-O Ranch, 1932-1936, the odd name prompted by sponsor H-O oats; and, as Bobby Benson's Adventures---also known as Bobby Benson and the B-Bar-B Riders---1949-1955).

Beck often appeared at old-time radio gatherings in later years (and, often, with his wife, Joan, as a partner), re-creating numerous vintage sound effects.

Richard Wanamaker, Ivan Cury, and Billy Halop played Bobby Benson in the series, with future Miss Duffy (Duffy's Tavern) and Night Court bailiff Florence Halop as Polly Armstead, Al Hodge (The Green Hornet) as one of five to play Tex (originally Buck) Mason (the other five included country music legend Tex Ritter), and a younger Don Knotts as Windy Tales, the handyman whose "Wild Tales By Windy Hales" was a regular segment on the show.

The show inspired a musical comedy companion show, Songs of the B-Bar-B (named for the ranch whose name changed, presumably, in honour of a new sponsor, B & B sauce), which featured Cury (as Bobby), Knotts (as Windy), and Hodge and Ritter as two of four Tex Masons.


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